Supporting the playful arts, in Australia and internationally

APILI collections

Among other functions, APILI will act as a research archive for the playful arts in Australia. That means that we will house works of and about play, such as:

  • Board games
  • Card games, including Living and Collectible Card Games
  • Design documents for all forms
  • Designs for play equipment, and in some special cases the actual equipment itself
  • Party games and social games
  • Performative play rulesets and materials
  • Recordings of playtesting and play sessions
  • Related books, periodicals and monographs, in printed and electronic form
  • Roleplaying paraphernalia (dice, miniatures, screens, maps, etc)
  • Rulebooks, modules, and other game texts for roleplaying games, story games, wargames, and so on
  • Tabletop games not already covered by the bard and card game categories (such as Hive)
  • Toys
  • Videogame software and hardware
  • Wargaming minis, scenarios, terrain, and other paraphernalia

We have already been fortunate enough to secure promises of donations once we have a site to store the items securely and appropriately, including:

  • a small but respectable collection of game- and play-related nonfiction,
  • a sizeable collection of roleplaying game material,
  • a huge collection of Lego sets from the early days of the modern minifigure (and a few sets from before that time) through to very recently,
  • a good-sized collection of tabletop games.

We are in further discussions to receive additional materials in all the above categories, in particular design documents from local designers.

If you have materials that would be relevant to our collections and would like to donate them, please contact us below: